Expecting the arrival of a new baby is so exciting! There’s a lot to do to prepare but you know how important it is to capture this time in your family’s life. You’re getting the nursery set up, buying adorable, tiny outfits, and now you’ve booked your Colorado maternity photography session. What’s next? Well, one of the most frequent questions I get asked by my clients is what to wear for their maternity session. So, I’ve put together this little guide to help you plan your outfits so you can look flawless and feel awesome at your session. When that little baby inside you grows up, they’ll be able to look at these photos and see how much you loved them from day one. I want to make sure you look amazing in your photos and love every single one!
Colorado Maternity Photography – What to Wear
Shop my Closet
I have a collection of maternity gowns for my clients to wear at their sessions. My closet is full of gowns in various sizes and they are all super stretchy so they will fit most women. I have photographed all of them a lot so I know they look great on camera. You are more than welcome to look through them and borrow them for your session. These gowns add a lot of elegance and drama to photos. Generally my expecting mommy’s like to do 1/2 of their session alone in their gown and then the second 1/2 in their normal clothes with their partners or family.
Show off the Bump
Colorado maternity photography is all about the bump! You’ll want to choose clothing that shows off your beautiful bump instead of hiding it. My best tips for this is to wear outfits that are stretchy and flowy. Stretchy tops and dresses will form fit around the bump and show it off no matter what pose you’re in. Flowy dresses are great for those epic solo maternity photos and they’ll allow us to play with the dress a lot and move it around to show off your bump.
The biggest tip I give my clients is to coordinate their outfits with each other. If you’ll be including your partner or kids in your Colorado maternity session, you’ll want to make sure everyone looks good together. Coordinating does not mean matching exactly together. It just means choosing a color palette that you all use to complement each other and maybe adding some pops of color.
Comfort, location, and weather are all important things to keep in mind when planning your outfits. You don’t want to wear something so tight you can’t breathe or feel itchy or an outfit that nearly falls off of you. Make sure your clothing choices fit well and feel good on you. Stretchy fabrics help with this a lot! If you’re due in winter or spring, you’ll want to be prepared for the colder weather at your session. Wear layers, long sleeves, cute scarves, and NICE coats and shoes for fall and winter sessions and then more springtime attire for the warmer, greener months.
What Not to Wear
There are certain things I always advise against since they just don’t photograph well. Logos, graphic tees, and busy patterns draw the eye away from the subject, YOU! You don’t want everyone straining to read your husband’s shirt, you want them looking at how radiant and lovey you are!